Before the Jacksonville Jaguars can worry about who they will target in NFL free agency during the 2017 NFL offseason, they'll first need to figure out who on their own roster they would like to keep going forward. One of the biggest keys to being a successful NFL franchise is being good at self evaluation, something the Jaguars have struggled with for years. The team will need to decide which of their scheduled free agents they'd like to keep and the first one we'll look at is cornerback Prince Amukamara.
The Jaguars signed Amukamara to a one-year deal late last offseason, which appeared to be a "prove it" deal for the former New York Giants first round pick. Amukamara had been good with the Giants, when he was healthy. That was always the key for Amukamara and the concern of any team signing him in free agency, which is why it appeared he didn't receive any long term offers.
Amukamara quickly earned a starting role for the Jaguars and at the start of the season was their best corner, but rookie Jalen Ramsey quickly overtook that mantle and Amukamara kind of fell out of the spotlight. He ended up being a nice No. 2 corner for the Jaguars and was able to stay healthy, something that had eluded him the past few seasons in the NFL. The big question for the Jaguars is if he showed enough to warrant bringing back on a multi-year deal.
I don't think Amukamara would be expensive, contract wise, even if he hits the open market. There is still that concern about his ability to stay healthy and at this point he's probably just an above average No. 2 cornerback. The problem for the Jaguars however is if they let him walk, and release Davon House like many expect, there is now a big hole at that position. Aaron Colvin is a good nickel corner, but he always struggled when moved to the boundary.
I don't think the Jaguars will invest a lot of money into the cornerback position this offseason, though I don't think Amukamara will command a lot of money. Personally, I'd like to see him back on a three-year deal, which offers some security for him and some leeway for the Jaguars if it doesn't work out.